Things That Make You Go WTF

When I was a little kid one of my most favorite things to do was play in my sandbox. It is one of my most fondest memories. My mother gave me a bunch of excess kitchen tools and a couple of small bowls. I’d happily play for an hour or two. I enjoyed it so much that each of my children had a sandbox by the time they were old enough not to eat the sand.

A trip to the beach always meant hours digging in the sand. My cousin and I would dig deep holes and talk about how we would dig all the way to China. As you can imagine we never did dig all the way to China.

In the 70’s President Richard Nixon went to China. This was a huge thing to me. I’d only seen old photos of China in books so seeing him actually there made China a real place to me. I was 11 years old so my attention span and understanding was pretty low.

My views on China have changed over the years. They play a huge role in every day American life whether you know it or not. Many everyday items are labeled “Made in China”. I know China has some questionable policies such as their one child policy that lead to a massive number of abandoned baby girls that they are learning leads to a very unbalanced society when it comes time for all those sons to marry. This is pretty minor compared to the “reeducation camps” for ethnic and religious minorities. There have been reports of slave labor, physical abuse, rape, sterilization, organ harvesting and murder.

President Biden spoke at a town hall meeting with CNN host Anderson Cooper last week. During the conversation he dismissed the Uigher genocide as a different “cultural norm”. He said he wasn’t going to speak out about this or their treatment of Hong Kong or Taiwan. All this after the state department said they were deeply disturbed by the reports of the abuses to the Uighers.

What are we supposed to do about such a mixed message coming from the current administration? To me the state department is correct. No one should be abused, ever. Abusing people for their being a different religion or minority is wrong. There should be costs to China until they correct this behavior. How will they get the message if the message is mixed? What can we as individuals do? I’ll be conscious of where the products I buy come from and I will try to avoid products made with slave labor.

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16 Responses to Things That Make You Go WTF

  1. I agree with you 100%. Some of the accusations against the Chinese are horrendous. I can’t possibly accept our country NOT fighting this when they go ape shit over every faintly perceived wrong done to some marginal or not marginal group here. I’m not a Biden voter – I’m still breathing.

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    • I also didn’t vote for Biden. I wonder if any of the people who voted for him are having “buyers remorse”.

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      • I’ve been hearing that they are, but there are still those who just can’t get past their hatred of President Trump. I have a good friend in Taiwan. She and her friends are terrified – China hates Taiwan and would love to take it over. They adored Trump because of his hard stand against China but they do not trust Biden for a second to continue that, they and many others firmly believe that he is owned by China and won’t stand up to them. It’s very frightening – she posted on Facebook “China lied and people died” about the virus and got a 30 day ban. I think the only thing we can really do is what you said, be very careful about what we buy. I check constantly since this virus. Did you know that most of our prescription drugs are made in China?

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      • The prescription thing is frightening.
        I’m sure the rest of the world views the US as being a mess currently. I know Australia had a piece on the news questioning Biden’s mental condition. I can’t judge because I only see bits and pieces of his full day. I would hope if he was visibly declining his wife would step in to protect him.

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      • His wife seems more concerned with being addressed as Dr. than about much else. Australia apparently is not being allowed to share news in Facebook- kinda scary times

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      • Dr Biden is often by his side so she should be able to see if there is a decline. I’ve seen multiple people in my family move through dementia and it often isn’t obvious to those on the outside until it is quite progressed. I always felt protective of people with that condition. They can’t protect themself and don’t understand that they are losing it.
        Scary times is right:(

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      • I had a huge battle with a social worker about my uncle many years ago. I was told he was perfectly capable of taking care of himself after this person spent about an hour with him. I asked for the man’s phone number do I could call when Uncle Bill took to wandering at 3 am

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      • It’s sad that people discount the ones who spend the bulk of the time with the patient. I had a different sort of battle with a nurse when my uncle was in the hospital. He was over 80 years old and had had a massive stroke that left him unable to move his right side. He wanted chocolate milk and she said no because they were limiting his fluids due to his kidneys. I pitched a minor fit saying that if a glass of chocolate milk brought quality to his life he should have it. Prolonging his life which wasn’t high quality at that point made no sense. He enjoyed his chocolate milk that day.

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      • I had the same battle when my father, 85 and dying of cancer, wanted salt on his food. He got his salt. I’m glad your uncle got his chocolate milk ❤️

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      • chrisknits says:

        When my grandmother was stricken with a stroke her Drs were banning all kinds of food for her, but the family decided if she wanted Ice cream, let her have ice cream. Her diabetes wasn’t going to kill her any sooner than her failing health. There’s a point where quality of life is better than quantity.

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  2. Did you read the transcript, or are you just going by the take on conservative news? “I point out to him, no American president can be sustained as a president if he doesn’t reflect the values of the United States. And so the idea I’m not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghurs in western mountains of China, and Taiwan, trying to end the One-China policy by making it forceful, I said — by the way, he said he gets it.” Is it not true that different countries have different cultural norms? That is stating a fact. There was nothing in the interview saying he accepted China’s norms – the opposite, in fact.
    Biden is not a great off the cuff speaker. His words can be twisted and taken out of context. If you choose to “hear” that he shrugs off what is normative in China, and not hear the following exchange, you have a one sided view:
    COOPER: When you talk to him, though, about human rights abuses, is that just — is that as far as it goes in terms of the U.S.? Or is there any actual repercussions for China?

    BIDEN: Well, there will be repercussions for China. And he knows that.

    What I’m doing is making clear that we, in fact, are going to continue to reassert our role as spokespersons for human rights at the U.N. and other agencies that have an impact on their attitude. China is trying very hard to become the world leader and to get that moniker. And to be able to do that, they have to gain the confidence of other countries.

    And as long as they’re engaged in activity that is contrary to basic human rights, it’s going to be hard for them to do that.

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    • I saw it on CNN. He should have said that the US would not tolerate concentration camps with inhuman treatment. It has to be spoken straight out with sanctions if necessary. If a blind eye, for any reason, is turned on this we will see a repeat of what happened in Germany. This is a zero tolerance situation.

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  3. chrisknits says:

    I look at the labels on everything I buy now. And the “cultural norms” bullshit is unbelievable, and anyone who condones that answer is an idiot! Slavery was a cultural norm back in the day, so why is that bad but China’s “cultural norms” are something we shouldn’t oppose with loud voices and harsh sanctions? His answer was obviously trying to toe the line on China’s hold of his administration. What a tool Biden is.

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    • There is a level of hypocrisy to be tearing down statues and renaming schools because of life choices made 150+ years ago and not condemning the acts of people who are keeping and mistreating “slaves” now. I wonder if some people are unable to understand this. Getting rid of a statue or renaming a school improves nothing for the slaves the person owned. Not buying products made in China does. That’s how I see it anyway.

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  4. ReginaMary says:

    We cannot turn a blind eye to suffering on any level. We cannot pick and choose the lives we want to protect. I said it once (maybe twice?), but I am so disappointed.

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  5. RebSef says:

    I try not to buy “made in China” but it is so hard when everything is made there. The stories that I have read over the past year are horrific: from organ harvesting, to reeducating ethnic minorities to the Covid-19 outbreak in the early days.

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